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Wednesday, 20 May 1942


Mr Curtin n.- On the 13th May, 1942, the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) asked me the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Or. what basis are (a) fees, and (5) travelling expenses paid to honorable members who are -

(a)   assisting Ministers of State,

(4)   conducting inquiries or engaged on missions entrusted to them by Ministers or others, and

(c)   engaged as members of the Australian Advisory War Council?

2.   How many honorable members are so employed or remunerated, or compensated?

3.   How many honorable senators as under 2 above?

4.   How many are allotted private secretaries o r other personal assistance, and at what cost?

5.   What funds have been disbursed under 1, i. 3 and 4 since the Government assumed office.

I am now in a position to furnish the following information : - 1. (i) No fees are paid to honorable members enumerated under (a), (6) and (c), with the exception of members of the Joint Works Committee who receive the following fees for attendance at meetings of the committee: -

Chairman - £2 for each sitting. - Other members - £1 10s. for each sitting, (ii) Travelling expenses are paid to honorable members employed as set out in (a), (6) and (c) under the following general conditions : -

When absent from their home on such business except in Canberra on days when Parliament is sitting.

On an hourly basis.

When transport provided includes subsistence quarter rates only are paid.

The allowance is paid at the following rotes : -

(a)   Members assisting Ministers of State - £2 2s. a day.

(6)   Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works - Chairman and members - £1 a day.

Joint parliamentary committees - Chairman - £2 10s. a day. Members - £2 2s. a day.

Man-power . and Resources Survey Committee - Chairman and members - £2 10s. a day.

Chairman, War Damage Commission - £2 12s. 6d. a day.

(c)   Non-government members of the Australian Advisory War Council - £2 12s. 6d. a day.

2.   The numbers shown are in respect of honorable members so employed or remunerated or compensated since 7th October, 1941 -

(a)   7. (These members also served on joint parliamentary committees and are included in the number shown under (6).)

(6)   36. (Of the number of members shown seven served on more than one committee including four on the Public Works Committee.)

(c)   6.

3.   The numbers shown are in respect of senators so employed or remunerated or compensated since 7th October, 1941 -

(a)   3. (These senators also served on joint parliamentary committees and are included in the number shown under(b ) . )

(6)   21. (Of the number of senators shown two served on both the Public Works Committee and another committee.) (c). Nil.

4.   Not including those non-Government members of the Australian Advisory War Council who as leaders of patties are provided with private secretaries and other personal staff, three members of the Australian Advisory War Council are allotted personal assistance. Private secretaries and typists so employed, respectively receive salary of £477 to £542 and £177 to £209 per annum, and travelling expenses at Public Service rates.

5.   Funds disbursed since 7th October, 1941.. in relation to questions 2, 3 and 4 above, amount to - 2. (a) £317 9s. 10d.; (a) £1,982 2s. 3d.; and (c) £424 18s. 8d. 3. (a) £48 Is.; (b) £1,079 17s.11d.; and (c) Nil.

4.   Salaries of private secretaries and typists - £873 0b. 5d. Travelling allowance to private secretaries and typists - £104 15s. 8d.







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